From New Hampshire to Maine
This morning we awoke to a little rain, but we didn’t let it stop us from having an awesome Day 5! After a gourmet breakfast at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa, it was time to leave the beautiful city of Portsmouth. We were sad to be leaving, but now we all have a long list of places we’ll visit next time we return!
It was only a short drive to our next destination, Kittery, Maine! And our first stop in Maine? Fort McClary! What is now a state park was originally an important military defensive position since 1689. The fort offers a unique look back to an important time in history as well as a gorgeous view of the harbor, even when it’s raining!
After our slightly damp visit to the fort, we decided to switch to an indoor activity — shopping at the famous Tanger Outlets! Offering everything from clothes and shoes to housewares and furnishings, Tanger Outlets has something for everyone. While there were enough stores for us to stay and shop all day, we had many more stops to make so we left the shopper’s paradise and headed for our next town, Ogunquit, and our next activity, paddle boarding!
We’ve been loving all of the popular outdoor activities along the New England coast, but we’re far from experts so we made sure to sign up for a paddle boarding lesson at Wheels N Waves. When we arrived at their shop, we changed into our wetsuits, grabbed boards and then headed for the waterfront. Even though it was still raining, we had a blast paddling through the harbour and we each only fell off our boards a couple times!
We were all pretty hungry after paddle boarding, so lunch at Cornerstone Artisinal Pizza & Craft Beer really hit the spot. Known for its stone-fired pizzas and unique flavour combinations, we were not let down with delicious buffalo chicken and margherita pizzas! After boxing up our leftovers (we just couldn’t leave the deliciousness behind!), it was time to leave for our next stop, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The OMAA houses a permanent collection of important works from the late 1800s to the present and is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to American art. We enjoyed a tour of the museum and especially loved viewing their current exhibition, Art in Bloom.
After our tour of the museum, it was time for us to leave Ogunquit and head to Kennebunk, Maine. On the way, we stopped to check out the beautiful Nubble Lighthouse. If you’re into lighthouses, the New England coast is the place for you! Once we reached Kennebunk, we checked into our accommodations, The Lodge on the Cove, Kennebunkport Resort Collection and freshened up before dinner. The Lodge on the Cove offers the quintessential relaxed Maine experience — modern beach decor, friendly staff and a laid-back vibe. It was also just a short drive away from our evening plans, dinner at David’s KPT. Our delicious dinner consisted of a calamari appetizer, for which Chef David is known, and seafood entrees like blackened swordfish and watermelon salsa.
Day 5 brought us many new experiences, friends and stories, and now we can’t wait to see what Day 6 has in store!